Questions to Ask Lukas Sept 29, 2019 21:50:56 GMT -5
Post by efanton on Sept 29, 2019 21:50:56 GMT -5
Because Lukas is tricky, I worry a little bit about asking if it's a 10 digit number, as well. For example, if it is a phone number, I could imagine him saying "no, it's not a ten digit number [it's 10 digits that are in a row, not a single number, haha!]"
I mean, you wouldn't say the phone number 3132667748 "three billion, one hundred thirty-two million, six hundred sixty-seven thousand, seven hundred forty-eight" ....he might decide then to say it isn't a ten digit number. :/
And there is the problem. Lukas is very tricky, and his insistence of a YES NO question doesn't help.
He knows what we are fishing for, after all he reads the forum and is a pretty intelligent person, but rather than give a nudge in the right direction he will be deliberately evasive instead, sticking to a simple yes/no. That is his right as the author of the hunt and he sets the rules, We just have to play within those rules in the smartest way possible.
Asking a yes/no question would be fine if we had a question every week, half a dozen questions in a few months would allow us to really nail down what we are looking for. But we have a question a month, the same process and questions might see us in the same position as we are now in a years time.
The problem with using the word 'characters' instead of the word 'digits', is what do we actually achieve?
If he answers YES we get a length for the key, but we dont know if its made up of words, numbers or both. We get nothing but the keys length, and if he answers no its not 10 characters in length we get absolutely nothing.
If we ask does the first key consist of a 10 digit number an he answers yes, we know the length of the first key, a rough format for the answer the three stanzas (they are either numbers, or can combine to form a number, for example 'how many countries' are three words but lead to a number), and can eliminate any word or alphanumeric answer.
If he answers NO to this, then we know its either not ten characters in length or could involve letters and/or numbers. A subsequent question to eliminate characters or letters, would tell us that is numbers only or that the length is not 10 digits long. The problem here is that to truly get what we need two questions are required, but we are only allowed to ask one.
So we are reduced to asking the question that reinforces or dismisses our best theories so far. Personally I think we are still better off asking Is the first key a 10 digit number?